#315Albums is a list of 315 albums that appear on both the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, as well as the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book, edited by Robert Dimery. At its best, it is a representation of some of the greatest music ever released; at its worst, it is a journey through the history of music that the majority see as important, influential, and/or relevant. If nothing else, these albums are worth experiencing at least once to get a better understanding of music, which is why we are working to complete all #315Albums.
“The Who debuted in maximum R&B mode: power-chorded reductions of James Brown ballads. When a manager badgered Pete Townshend into beefing up his laid-back demo of ‘My Generation,’ the resulting explosion knocked a hole in the future.”
Artist: The Who
Album: My Generation
Rolling Stones Ranking: 237
The Who is a great band. I’m a huge fan of Tommy, and really enjoyed the film Quadrophenia, mostly because of the soundtrack (it would be entirely missable otherwise). My Generation has a handful of tracks that feel more like “generic rock song” than those of the other two, and that’s the album’s biggest weakness. Still, I enjoyed the opening track, Out in the Street quite a bit, and Much Too Much stands out as unique. The titular My Generation is definitely the strongest, most memorable track on the album. There isn’t really a bad track here, but it didn’t hit me in the same way that something like Tommy did.
Image and quote courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine.
Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn’t until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.